06 August 2009

Baby's First Vlog

As many of you probably know, Hayley is a member of the youtube channel fiveawesomegirls. This week, their boyfriends are making videos in their places. Miss Thursday is Hayley, so today was my turn. Hayley is a goddam saint: she edited 4GB of rambling, "um"s, and general annoyance into this. I hope you like it; however, Hayley probably deserves more credit than I for anything good about it. My undying gratitude also goes out to Kathleen, who thought of pretty much every funny thing in the video.

A friend, Graham, is getting married on the 15th of this month. He's currently in NYC, and he and his fiancée were planning to fly back to Ohio on Saturday in order to make sure everything is ready for the wedding, which will be here. Then Graham was pickpocketed, and his ID and Social Security card were stolen. And now, in a remarkable feat of bureaucracy, Graham cannot fly home. You see, one cannot fly on a plane without ID, and one cannot be issued ID without a Social Security card. A birth certificate is needed to be issued a Social Security card -- his is in Ohio. I'm calling it Badgergate, because his last name is Badger and, well, this is scandalous. I'm the lucky one who gets to drive to pick him up this weekend. Kathleen is coming too, to help with the driving. We only have to drive to Philadelphia, because he's taking a bus to meet us there. But that's still about seven hours, each way.

About five of those hours will be spent on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The PA Turnpike and I don't really have the best relationship. Once, when I was on the Obama campaign, there was a crash, and I was stuck in literally the same spot for two and a half hours. People were walking their dogs on the freeway. The carfull of businessmen in front of me took out cigars and started smoking them, and then popped the trunk to have a couple of beers. It. Took. Forever.

Anyway. The reason I'm telling you this is because there is a chance I'll be able to visit the abandoned stretch of the turnpike on the way to Philly. I'm very excited about this, and I hope Kathleen agrees to it, because it's in the middle of nowhere in central Pennsylvania. And (no offense), all I ever want to do when I'm in central PA is to leave central PA. This time, however, I think I'll have the willpower to make myself stop and check it out.

In other news, I have some Sculpey and no idea what to do with it. If anyone has any cool, unconventional ideas, please leave them in the comments.


  1. that stretch of highway sounds really cool...and could lead to some very wonderful photography

  2. Ever heard of Carbondale, PA? Of course you haven't because it's tiny and hidden in the mountains. Never go there, the town is made up of three families, mine is one of them. My family will stuff you full of food and eating will never feel the same again.

  3. My mom used to make little wedding cake brides and grooms out of sculpey.

  4. I very much so liked your video on fiveawesomegirls. I'm glad I can be one of those tens of people that read your blog.

  5. I'm proud to be one of the tens of people that read your blog, too.

    Never really experimented with sculpey as a medium before... You could try something like making an action figure, where you emphasize things that aren't normally emphasized on commercial action figures.

    Maybe that's stupid. Keep us posted on what you decide though.

  6. 1. Be sure you have lots of gas before getting to that stretch.
    2. We should do something with that Sculpey while... not sober? (and save the baking part until later...)
    3. I'm ordering a carton of Blacks. Be here in 3 weeks <3

  7. Ok you didn't mention it in this blog but you mentioned it in your vlog...I was curious, since you guys go to Medieval Faire, do you go to Ren Fest?